Historical timeline

Year Key event
1908 Eastern Suburbs Technical College founded
1909 Classes began at Eastern Suburbs Technical College
1911 Commenced offering vocational education to women 
1913 Renamed Swinburne Technical College
1934 McPherson Engineering School building completed and opened
1945 Curriculum expanded to include science streams
1949 Swinburne Chemistry School opened
1956 Students' Representative Council established
1960 Entered international education market with first courses catering to overseas students 
1963 Commenced Industry-Based Learning program, one of the first in Australia
1966 Council approved the first Swinburne-specific forms of academic dress
1968 Purchase of Swinburne's first computer
1975 Completion and opening of the Business and Arts Building
1992 Gained university status
1998 Commenced operating from campuses at Croydon and Wantirna
1999 Established the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), Prahran campus
2000 Opened campus in Sarawak, Malaysia
2006 Created Swinburne College as pathway provider for international students
2010 Named as one of the world’s top 500 universities by Academic Ranking of World Universities
2011 Opened $140 million Advanced Technologies Centre, Hawthorn campus
2012 Launched Swinburne Online, a new provider of online degrees as joint venture with Seek Limited
2012 Named as one of the world’s top 400 universities by Academic Ranking of World Universities
2014 Opened $100 million Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre, Hawthorn campus
2015 Named as one of the world’s top 100 universities for Physics by the Academic Ranking of World Universities

Swinburne Law School established.